Medical sniffer COVID-19 dogs being trained in the UK


First published: Animal Wellness magazine 


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anyone, including those who are asymptomatic and tell us whether they need to be tested.  This would be fast, effective and non-invasive and make sure the limited NHS testing resources are only used where they are really needed.”

With each disease having a specific odor, medical detection dogs are experts when it comes to identifying skin temperature changes and unique smells. The hope is that these dogs will be able to help detect travelers at airports with fevers linked to COVID-19 so that they can be tested and treated.

Medical detection dogs play an important role in disease control, and would also beneficial in locating infected travelers at the end of the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent a re-emergence of this often fatal virus. Dogs have been trained to sniff out malaria, Parkinson’s, cancer and numerous bacterial diseases with high accuracy, making them an ideal option for providing a non-invasive diagnosis for COVID-19.

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